There’s a common association between abdominal obesity and insulin resistance, and the theory is that inflammation messages from fat cells lead to the insulin resistance. But fat cells may not be the only source of inflammation.
Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) may not cause symptoms, but it’s become the most common liver condition in the West, affecting as many as 30% of individuals. It can progress to Non Alcoholic Steatohepatis (NASH), which causes liver inflammation and can lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer in about 10% of those affected.
The key disturbance in metabolic syndrome involves insulin. Our cells stop responding normally to the insulin we make in response to food. When that happens, our bodies produce higher levels of insulin to compensate, and those higher levels cause all kinds of mischief: high blood pressure, blocked arteries, inflammation and all its attendant complications.